Republican convention, 10 p.m. ET, ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS ... or dramas,
10 p.m., cable.
It's a key night for
the convention, with vice-presidential nominee Mike Pence speakig.
The big networks again hope to limit it to an hour, but others will
step in: PBS fills all of prime time; cable news obsesses all day.
And “The Daily Show” is there in Cleveland, at 11 p.m. on Comedy
The complication in
many time zones? On cable, the 10 p.m. slot has suddenly become a
treasure chest, with enough great dramas to exhaust your recorder
device. We'll eye them individually.
II: “Mr. Robot,” 10:01 p.m., USA.
Last week was big
for this terrific show. There was a great, two-hour debut Wednesday,
followed by four Emmy nominations (including best drama series and
Rami Malek as best actor) the next morning.
Elliot (Malek) is
still trying to shed the imaginary nemesis – in the physical form
of his late father – who pushed him to hack banks and shatter the
economy; it isn't easy. His old friend Angela gets an inside view of
E Corp. And after forcing E Corp to burn $5 million, hackers may be
going too far.
ALTERNATIVE: “Tyrant,” 10 p.m., FX.
Two moments tonight
pack fierce power. The first comes as a total surprise; we won't
spill any details. The second focuses on the crisis that began last
Barry, formerly a
Pasadena pediatrician, has reluctantly followed the family business,
becoming temporary president of his Middle Eastern homeland. Now his
daughter has been kidnapped; rebels insist she'll only be traded for
his wife. Stark and startling, it's a key moment in a great series.
ALTERNATIVE II: “The A Word,” 10 p.m., Sundance.
In last week's
opener, we met well-meaning people in small-town England, including
parents who kept denying that 5-year-old Joe is autistic. That denial
– straining viewers' patience – was a rare flaw in a smart and
subtle series; now we're past that and “A Word” gets deeper and
Joe's mom wants him
home-schooled; his dad suggests a live-in facility. His uncle has his
own worries, in the aftermath of his wife's affair during her medical
residency; now she's jobless, in a town where a potential employer
dislike her. These are interesting people, groping with changing
p.m., Fox. Suddenly, everything in that well-stocked pantry has a
price tag; contestants have $20 (and five minutes of shopping time),
then must create four entree dishes.
(1984) and “Ghostbusters II” (1989), 8 and 10:30 p.m., AMC. Yes,
the new “Ghostbusters” movie is a delight. But so were these two
originals, rerunning here.
8:30 p.m., Freeform. As Ben prepares to go out with Sam (Daniella
Monet of “Victorious”), they're clearly not in sync: She's
thinking elaborate date, he's thinking immediate sex. Also: Tucker's
dad wants to date a young co-worker ... unaware she's already
9 p.m., Fox. Tonight, we learn how Pilcher – the founder of this
human refuge in the future – found his “chosen one.” Also, Theo
and Xander react to Jason's fatal error.
and “Black-ish,” 9 and 9:31 p.m., ABC. Oddly, these are the only
broadcast-network shows to get best-series Emmy nominations this
year. In tonight's reruns, Phil feels left out when his wife is
running the closet company; Diane makes a documentary about her
brother and basketball.
p.m., Oprah Winfrey Network. Yes, there's yet another strong 10 p.m.
cable drama. You can catch its three previous episodes from 7-10
p.m., then watch Mac prepare to be named Memphis man of the year,
while squirming: The IRS continues its audit; Grace continues to
probe his involvement in sex abuse and her sister's suicide. Also,
the church matriarch's father suddenly arrives.